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Avril Lavigne Opens Up About Her Struggle With Lyme

Published on Jun 29, 2015

Singer Avril Lavigne said she’s seeing progress in her treatment for Lyme disease, which struck her last year while she was on tour. The Canadian singer, known for multiple hits in the early 2000s, said trying to get a diagnosis was the worst time of her life.

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Dr. Lee Cowden Explains Lyme Disease and Treatment Protocol

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Pain and Brain Chemistry with Lyme Disease

Dr Rick Sponaugle uses brain scans to teach Lyme patient Eric of Pennsylvania the brain science of Lyme disease. Dr Sponaugle explains how he always optimizes brain function first when treating Lyme patients and why optimizing brain function reduced Eric’s total body pain by 80 percent in his first week of treatment at Sponaugle Wellness Institute.

Dr. Sponaugle has successfully helped many people to recover from Lyme. His approach is to treat the brain first. Very instructive video.

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Rock Stars Suffer With Lyme Too – Avril Lavigne

Never feel alone in your struggle – Avril is hardly a hypochondriac and yet she was treated the same way many of us were by the very doctors we counted on to help us. Watch:

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Whole story: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/avril-lavigne-lyme-disease-questions-answered/story?id=30046495

Things on video that are incorrect:

  • You can contract Lyme from a tick in less than 36 hours.
  • Lyme is in all 50 states and in every country on the planet.
  • You don’t always get a bulls eye rash.
  • Early antibiotic treatments may not cure if you aren’t given enough for the correct length of time which may be longer than many doctors prescribe.

Test yourself on Lyme facts at:

http://lymediseaseresource.com/wordpress/can-you-find-true-or-false-in-this-post-on-chronic-lyme-msids/

 

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Dr. Sponaugle teaches the brain chemistry of Lyme disease

Dr Rick Sponaugle uses brain scans to teach Lyme patient Eric of Pennsylvania the brain science of Lyme disease. Dr Sponaugle explains how he always optimizes brain function first when treating Lyme patients and why optimizing brain function reduced Eric’s total body pain by 80 percent in his first week of treatment at Sponaugle Wellness Institute.

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Dr. Burgdorfer Calls Medical Debate A Shameful Affair

The discoverer of the spirochete that causes Lyme disease passed away yesterday, November 17, 2014.

In 1980, researcher Willy Burgdorfer, a researcher and expert in spirochetal diseases at Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) in Hamilton, Montana, along with his colleague Alan Barbour, M.D. from the University of Texas Health Science Center. The scientists had been studying a large number of ticks in an effort to determine the cause of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

In examining the ticks for rickettsiae (the bacteria that causes Rocky Mountain Fever), Burgdorfer noticed “poorly stained, rather long, irregularly coiled spirochetes.” Further examination revealed spirochetes in 60% of the ticks. Dr. Burgdorfer and Dr. Barbour continued to study this spiral-shaped bacteria or spirochete, from infected deer ticks, and in November 1981, the two scientists discovered that the spirochete caused both the symptoms of Lyme disease and the strange bulls-eye rash called erythema migrans (EM). More than half of infected persons do not experience or remember a rash.

The spirochete was later named Borrelia burgdorferi in honor of Dr. Burgdorfer’s role in its discovery. Watch the following video interviewing Dr. Burgdofer about his views on the Lyme disease controversy which he calls “a shameful affair.”

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Be Careful on the Appalachian Trail

Local station picked up this story filmed near Daleville, VA in early November 2013  by Logan McCulloch as he was passing through on his southbound Appalachian Trail hike to raise awareness for Lyme disease. Thanks to his friend John Burrows for arranging this segment and to he and his wife Susan for hosting him in their home.

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Erica Volker Fights Chronic Lyme Disease

By Paul Volker

This is the story Erica Valker’s story battle with Chronic Lyme Disease. Three years ago she was happy, active and seemingly healthy. Erica has now been debilitated by Lyme disease and multiple co-infections that have her fighting for her life.

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NBC and SELF magazine reported on chronic Lyme disease

This story was published 2 years ago with a few important points that continue to fuel the medical debate.  Media and researchers confirm that Lyme has been reported in all 50 states but medical doctors refuse to admit people are being infected in all 50 states. Also, the first tier to diagnose Lyme disease is with the ELISA antibody test, some sources report up to 50 and even as high as 75% false negatives (depending on the time of year) and as low as 20 – 30% as presented here (the truth is anyone’s guess as there is no 100% reliable test available as of now, August 2014.)

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Amy Tan and Dr. Stricker Interview

Sunday, August 03, 2014
BEYOND THE HEADLINES
August 3, 2014
Lyme Disease
Hosted by ABC7’s Cheryl Jennings

Each Beyond the Headlines show focuses on a different topic affecting the people who make up the fabric of the Bay Area. What do you know about the disease that you could get from a tick bite? It’s called Lyme Disease.

At first, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control only reported about 30,000 cases a year. But, new studies reveal the numbers could be far higher… as many as 300,000 a year. Now, the CDC estimates that number could be as high as a million cases a year!

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Erica’s Fight Against Chronic Lyme Disease


Intense story that many will relate to. None of these alternative treatments are covered by insurance and at some point we run out of money and get kicked to the curb by our doctors, insurance companies and in most cases family and friends give up too. Paul is a rare husband who is sticking by his wife. They try antibiotics, glutathione, ozone blood therapy – she still experiences adrenal failure – basically the immune system shuts down and you are forced to build it back up which can’t begin until the disease is eradicated or at least pushed back to a tolerable “load”.

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Lyme Healing – A Love Story

This is one hour but very inspirational!

Published on Aug 27, 2012

Justin & Christa Vanderham
http://www.justinandchrista.ca

This is a movie about our 5 years of fighting for our life, countless treatments, and the roller coaster Lyme can put you on. Christa fought for her life and we are still here to tell the tale!

NOTE FROM JENNA: The toxin binding powder discussed towards the end of the video is Cholestyramine. This is especially good for ridding the intestines of toxins that would otherwise recirculate.

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No copyright infringement intended. I do not profit from, or claim any rights to any of these songs and artists:

Joy Willaims – Say Goodbye
Natalie Grant – Held, Our Hope Endures
Warren Barfield – Love is Not a Fight
LL Cool J – Down the Aisle
Lifehouse – Storm
Jill Paquette – Come to Me
Michael Buble – Everything
Andrew Peterson – Dancing in the Minefields
Taylor Swift – Love Story
Grey Holiday – You Belong to Me
John Waller -While I’m Waiting
Chris Rice – When Did You Fall in Love With Me
Casting Crowns – Praise You in This Storm, Lifesong, Voice of Truth
Sanctus Real – Lead Me

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Heather Needs Our Help – Now It’s Too Late

Updated August 1, 2014 with sorrow Soon after I published this, Heather Askeland took her own life due to her desperate physical and financial situation. Instead of removing the video, I felt that Heather’s death could potentially help someone suffering with these issues. Suicide is not the answer. However for some, it appears to be the only path out of misery and pain…these poor souls deserve our compassion. Shame on the medical community and insurance companies that put so many people in this horrible situation. Published on Apr 10, 2014 by Heather Askeland “I am desperately ill with Lyme disease, am homeless and have no family willing to help. This is, unfortunately, a life or death situation. I need an angel to come forward and help me save my life. PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY. please.” For more info about who I am, google “Heather Askeland poetry.” My previous youtube channel is “heiwalove,” which has my Lyme story on it (recorded when I was doing much better). Heather was asking for an angel…she is with the angels now.

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Lyme Disease Growing in Maine

This story is particularly poignant for me after living 20 years in the state and watching the number of people I know personally resist the idea of such a terrifying epidemic, and trying to attribute Lyme symptoms to other ailments.

“The controversy comes from whether or not persisting symptoms equals persisting infection. Some physicians are concerned that they will become–targeted isn’t the right word, maybe it is, but they may be looked at and investigated if they treat with longer courses of antibiotics,” said Szantyr.

Following are some Lyme Disease prevention tips:1. Be aware of tick habitats2. Wear light-colored clothing outdoors3. Tuck shirt into pants, pants into socks4. Permethrin-treated fabrics are ideal5. Repellents containing DEET6. Put clothes in dryer–30 minutes on high7. Do a full-body naked tick check when you return indoors8. Check your pets for ticks9. Cut grass short, clear leaves away from house

World-Wide Lyme Disease Protest:worldwidelymediseaseprotest.blog­spot.com

Capital Area Lyme Support Group:facebook.com/capitolarealymesuppor­t

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